Redskins cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie purchases Richmond Regional buy-in slot

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


One of the best defensive backs in the NFL is back in TBT

What happens when a two-time NFL Pro Bowler puts a team in TBT? As we saw last year, the result is a lot of good basketball.

Just 48 hours after Florida TNT purchased the Greensboro buy-in slot, Redskins cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie locked Team DRC into the Richmond Regional. They will join Ram Nation at the Siegel Center from July 26-28. That leaves buy-in slots available in just Columbus, Lexington, Memphis, Salt Lake, Syracuse, and Wichita.

 

Team DRC, which is comprised of some of the best ballers from Central and South Florida, returns to TBT for the second straight year. In TBT 2018, the team beat NC Prodigal Sons and Memphis State (University of Memphis alumni) before falling to Ram Nation in the Super 16. 

While the players on the court are all friends of Rodgers-Cromartie, it will be a family affair on the bench. The team will be coached by DRC's father, Stanley Cromartie, a former McDonald's All-American who has coaching experience at Edward Waters College, Bethune-Cookman, South Carolina State, Valencia Community College, and Seminole Community College. He is currently the AD at Edward Waters.

 

"I’m very excited being a former college basketball coach," said Stanley Cromartie, "and now having the opportunity to coach in the tournament is exciting. But, even more so, coaching my son’s team is exciting because even though he’s a football player, he has a basketball heart."

The resumes don't get any less impressive from there. Two players to watch are Keith Clanton and Tristan Spurlock, who both played their college ball at UCF. Despite getting offers from Kentucky, Ohio State, and Florida State, Clanton decided to stay in his native Orlando and ball for the hometown team. He had his best season in 2012, taking home First-team All-Conference USA honors. He has since played all over North America, Europe, and Asia, winning championships in Puerto Rico and Bulgaria. The 6-foot-9 forward also led the Greek League in rebounds and blocked shots in 2017. After starting his college career at the University of Virginia, Spurlock transferred to UCF in 2011. In both his junior and senior season, he averaged at least 11 points and 5 rebounds per game.

Even if you don't know either of their names, expect Quincy Ford and Kenny Brown to score A LOT of buckets in TBT 2019. Ford hails from mid-major Northeastern, where he was a four-time CAA Player of the Week, a Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week (Nov. 30, 2015), and 2015 CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He's currently balling for Spirou Charleroi in Belgium. While it will be Ford's first appearance in TBT, Brown was a member of last year's Super 16 squad. In Team DRC's three games, the Ferris State alum averaged an impressive 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. 

 

When you add in the fact that former George Washington standout Joe Katuka, Louisiana Tech all-time leader in assists (858) and steals (258) Kenny "Speedy" Smith, and 2019 Jacksonville State University grad Jason Burnell are all suiting up in TBT 2019, Team DRC is looking like a championship contender.

"I feel we have a very talented group of young men," said Stanley Cromartie, "and I feel that if they come in and buy into the “defensive first” philosophy, I think we’ll have a good chance of being successful in this tournament."